Freddie Gray protests: Baltimore cops assaulted with bricks and rocks as mass action turns violent.

Baltimore Schools Closed on Tuesday as Unrest From Freddie Gray Protest Continues

Baltimore Schools Closed on Tuesday as Unrest From Freddie Gray Protest Continues

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April 27 2015 10:50 PM

Baltimore Schools Closed on Tuesday as Unrest From Freddie Gray Protest Continues

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A protester walks through the smoke of burning Baltimore buildings during clashes.

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Hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died while in police custody earlier this month, the Baltimore police department reported that its officers had been attacked by a “group of disorderly individuals” throwing rocks and bricks near Mondawmin Mall in Northwest Baltimore on Monday. The situation is continuing to unfold; you'll find updates below and complete coverage here.

10:50 p.m.: On Tuesday Baltimore city schools will be closed, a curfew will be imposed, and the National Guard appears set to be on the ground to help patrol the streets of Baltimore.

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10:08 p.m.: For more context on the geography of the city in relation to the ongoing unrest, the New York Times maps the day’s chaos in Baltimore.

9:48 p.m.: Baltimore City Public Schools closed on Tuesday.

9:13 p.m.: A massive fire breaks out in East Baltimore, it remains unclear if related to unrest.

8:44 p.m.: Police tell the Associated Press that 15 officers have been injured during Monday’s violence and two have been hospitalized. More than a dozen people have been arrested.

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8:12 p.m.: Reports of looting continue.

"Police are firing beanbags and rubber bullets at looters at a mall where the Baltimore riots began," the Associated Press reports. "As three dozen police entered the mall, looters began running and driving away."

8:03 p.m.: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake imposes curfew in Baltimore:

7:51 p.m.: Local news footage from earlier in the day shows police vehicles getting pelted with rocks.

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7:05 p.m.: State of emergency declared.

6:21 p.m.: Orioles game is postponed as Maryland Governor Larry Hogan puts National Guard on alert.

5:43 p.m.: The situation appears to be growing slowly more chaotic. Several cars—police and otherwise—have been set ablaze throughout the afternoon. A CVS was one of the first businesses that appears to have been looted. A portion of the crowd has since shifted its attention to a check-cashing store.

4:59 p.m.: Capt. Eric Kowalczyk told reporters that at least seven Baltimore city officers had been injured this afternoon, including one whom he said was "unresponsive." Asked what to expect in terms of how the police would attempt to regain control of the situation, Kowalczyk replied: "You're going to see tear gas. You're going to see pepper balls. We're going to use appropriate methods to ensure that we're able to preserve the safety of that community."

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4:46 p.m.: Baltimore Sun reporter Erica Green, who is on the scene, said that one officer appeared to be badly hurt.

The Baltimore police department attempted to disperse crowds as they deployed the SWAT team. It appeared as though a tear gas canister had been thrown into crowds, as the police reported injuries to several officers:

Twitter is filled with images claiming to show injured officers as the Baltimore Sun is reporting on clashes between police officers and “a large group of juveniles”:

The Sun is reporting that the violence seems to be related to an attempt to organize high school students for a mass action in response to the unexplained death of a black man, Freddie Gray, who died in police custody earlier this month:

According to a widely circulated flier, a high school "purge" was to take place at 3 p.m., starting at Mondawmin Mall and ending downtown. Such memes have been known to circulate regularly among city school students, based on a film "The Purge," about what would happen if all laws were suspended.
The flier included an image of protesters smashing the windshield of a police car Saturday during a march spurred by the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who suffered a spinal cord injury earlier this month after being arrested by city police.

Weekend protests over Gray’s death also turned violent and the newest round of violence comes after thousands of mourners attended Gray’s funeral earlier on Monday. The University of Maryland and downtown businesses reportedly closed early because of concerns of violence, after the Baltimore Police Department said there was a "credible threat" against the police from rival gangs who had "entered into a partnership to 'take-out' law enforcement officers."
 

Jeremy Stahl is a Slate senior editor. You can follow him on Twitter.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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